Yue Leng, PhD, MPhil

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Professional Profile
Home Country: China
Field of Employment: Epidemiology
Key Areas: sleep, dementia, epidemiology, cognitive aging

I am committed to conducting clinical research that will help identify novel risk factors for dementia and eventually contribute to the prevention and better management of the disease.

As an epidemiologist specializing in the research of sleep and aging, Yue Leng is committed to improving sleep and aging outcomes in older populations. Sleep problems are very common in older adults and have a significant impact on brain health. Leng is interested in identifying sleep characteristics that are closely related to brain health and cognitive aging and understanding the mechanisms that underpin the relationship between sleep and cognition. Leng has had training across three continents, and she will bring her experience in sleep and epidemiology research to the GBHI network.

During her time at GBHI, Leng will leverage data from multiple state-of-the-art longitudinal cohort studies of aging and conduct population-based epidemiologic analysis on different sleep parameters and cognitive outcomes in the elderly. In addition, Leng will start developing interventional studies targeting improved sleep and cognition, which have the potential to help prevent the onset and progression of dementia in high-risk populations. Ultimately, her goal is to make the sleep intervention program a successful dementia prevention model that can be replicated in different countries and make a global impact in the field of brain health. 

Short Bio: Yue Leng obtained her undergraduate degree majoring in preventive medicine and minoring in health psychology from Sun Yat-Sen University in China. She received her MPhil and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, where she has been conducting research on sleep epidemiology. Leng is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, with a focused research interest in the epidemiology of sleep and aging outcomes. She has received awards from the Alzheimer’s Association (Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter) as well as Alzheimer’s Research UK.